Johnson hoping for big senior season after redshirting 2018 campaign

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UTEP senior wide receiver Kavika Johnson’s 2018 season didn’t go the way he wanted it to.

Hamstring injuries, plus a slow acclimation to the Miners new offense under Dana Dimel forced the Las Cruces native to redshirt last year after playing in the first four games of the season. Now, with over a year in Dimel’s system under his belt, Johnson feels ready to contribute.

When you know what you’re doing you can play full speed as opposed to when you don’t really know where you go or when you don’t feel comfortable in the offense, you don’t play as fast as you should, Johnson said. Once you know what you’re doing and for me personally, once I know what I’m doing, I get out there and I just play. It’s just natural to me, it’s like breathing.

The Miners were hopeful that Johnson would be a big contributor last season, but it never materialized. Now, UTEP expects the local kid to step up and be a playmaker for the Miners in the fall. Johnson could be UTEP’s leading receiver, while simultaneously being one of its most versatile. The Miners plan on using him in the wildcat attack some.

UTEP will host its spring game on April 13 at the Sun Bowl. 

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